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Hellraiser 1-3 Boxset [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, William Hope, Barbie Wilde
  • Directors: Clive Barker, Tony Randel, Anthony Hickox
  • Format: Box set, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042K2E4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This horror collection presents the first three HELLRAISER films, based on characters created by Clive Barker. See individual titles for more details. HELLRAISER - Barker's feature directing debut graphically depicts the tale of a couple (Andrew Robinson and Clare Higgins) who move into an old house and discover a hideous creature--the man's half-brother (Sean Chapman), who is also the woman's former lover--hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons called the Cenobites, he is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him human sacrifices to complete his body...but the Cenobites won't be happy about this. The film is one of the best horror offerings of the 1980s, based on Barker's novel THE HELLBOUND HEART. HELLRAISER II: HELLBOUND - Beginning just hours after the original HELLRAISER ended, HELLBOUND finds young Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) waking up in a mental institution because she insisted on describing her parents' murderers to the authorities as pain-loving demons from hell. Unfortunately, she has been placed in the car of Dr. Channard (Kenneth Cranham), who has devoted his life to solving the Lament Configuration, the key to the doorway of hell, and now, with Kirsty, he believes he has found another key. Resuscitating the skinless corpse of her stepmother, Julia (Clare Higgins), Dr. Channard succeeds in opening a doorway to hell, one that Julia, Channard, Kristy, and her mute friend, Tiffany (Imogen Boorman), all travel through. HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH - TV journalist Joey (Terry Farrell) gets drawn into the world of the supernatural while investigating a mysterious death. She discovers that a strange sculpture housed at a sleazy night club was responsible. The evil Cenobite, Pinhead (Doug Bradley), is released from the sculpture by a human sacrifice and proceeds to wreak havoc.

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Actually bought this as a gift for my sister who, unlike me, is a big horror fan. It's a nice release covering the first three movies, although trying to re-close the box is a big fiddly, and for me the extras MADE this release: interviews, vintage making of, trailers and Audio Commentaries for each film. The fourth disc, focussing on Clive Barker and his early short films, is a really nice addition. Whilst I understand the (expensive) Scarlet Box Set release really glows with extras, this Puzzle Box Set serves as a fine intro into the world of "Hellraiser" and the original trilogy. Even a non-horror fan like me would recommend this one.
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As described. Thank you.
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Get it, very good, lovely yass lovely, nice very good you will enjoy it hehe, get it now buy it
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Great value for money
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This is a great boxset for Hellraiser and Clive Barker fans, I was just amazed at the level of details and the amount of length that Anchor Bay/Starz would go to bring out as much special features for the first three films. The first two films are arguably the best in the series and considered to be classic 80's horror films. Clive Barker has created a world of horror that was very creative, it has a very dark and creepy atmosphere and unlike the later sequels in the series it has a ton of gore and violence and Pinhead instantly became a horror icon alongside Jason and the others. Hellraiser part 1 and 2 should be watched back to back but only if you have a strong stomach as both films continue the narrative storyline and are both very enjoyable to watch and are both horror/gore masterpieces.

The first film introduces us to Pinhead and the other demons from hell called cenobites that are summoned whenever the lament configuration box is solved by someone, the story is about a man named Frank brought partially back to life by the blood of his brother. He befriends his sister in-law Julia (brilliantly played by Claire Higgins) who agrees to supply the blood he requires to live, Julia decides to help Frank since they had an affair in the past, by seducing some strangers into the house and then killing them she allows Frank to suck the blood and Internal organs? of his victims to bring back his skin and look normal again but he is still haunted by the evil forces which held him captive in death. For Kristy Cotten (Ashley Laurence) its like a living nightmare when she finds out the truth and now she must stop her uncle Frank before its too late.
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In this box are enclosed 4 disks, containing the first three Hellraiser movies, (the only three that Clive Barker really had any part in the making of), and these are in my opinion all excellent films, and at least the first two are classics, (the third isn't really stylised in the right way to make it a classic like the first two, but it is still a great movie). The reason I bought this box was to have the audio commentary on all three movies, and having had these movies on video for years I recognize that the movies in this DVD set are totally uncut, (and in the commentary this is confirmed), with some particularly gory parts of scenes which were edited out in the [American I think] version of the movies that I have on VHS. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that there are two different commentaries for the first movie, (one with Barker, Ashley Lawrence, and the screenplay writer of the next two movies who adds eruditely to the discussion), and one solo one by Barker that I have yet to watch but that I'm looking forward to. There are two commentaries for Hellbound, and one entertaining commentary for hellraiser three with Doug Bradley and the director, (who seems like a really nice guy). I would have jumped at the chance of buying this box if each movie just had one commentary and no other extras. Not only do you get two commentaries for two movies and one for the other, but each of the three disks that I am discussing have an extras section which contains at least two documentaries, and one with Doug Bradley on all three disks, (as well as on-set interviews with the directors of the first two movies and an up to date interview with Clive Barker on the Hellraiser disk). So there are loads of commentaries and documentaries. Could this be augmented?Read more ›
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The first three in the Hellraiser series in one boxset, the first movie starts with a character named Frank who buys a mysterious looking puzzle box, Frank then takes this box home and opens it unleashing the Cenobytes, beings from Hell who take pleasure in performing extreme torture upon their victims, Frank is then taken into the Hell dimension.
When Frank's brother returns to their old home with his wife Julia they find remnants of his being there but no Frank. Frank's return is brought on by blood being accidently spilled onto the floorboards under which Frank's corpse is being held.
Frank is back and demanding that bodies are brought to him so he can consume them and return to his former self.
Frank's niece Kirsty discovers the truth about her uncle and manages to take the puzzle box, unfortunately Kirsty inadvertently opens the box and is confronted by Pinhead, the Cenobytes leader. A deal is made to bring her murderous uncle before the Cenobytes to take him back to Hell instead of her!

The second instalment see's Kirsty in a psychiatric hospital haunted by the ordeal she has suffered, a bloody mattress is brought into the hospital for study, combined with a curious doctor and the puzzle box is opened once more!
Kirsty still traumatised has no choice but to enter the Hell dimension and try to save her soul and her sanity.

In Hellraiser III a young and charismatic night club owner buys a strange sculpture and puts it in his apartment, accidently cuts himself on the sculpture and once enough blood has been absorbed, Pinhead is back, making his demands and wreaking havoc.

For me the first movie is the best (how many times have we heard that). The only problem I have with the other movies was the demonic voice-over used for Pinhead was not used after the first Hellraiser, the demonic voice combined with the imagery of Pinhead was iconic. Other than that I have no complaints.
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